Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation
Ambassador Anastasiya Tkachenko ——————————————————————————————————————––
Currently, as tensions in Syria continue to rise, Russia is making diplomatic efforts to subside the war efforts and produce peaceful negotiations in Syria. Russia conducted a Peace Conference in Sochi to break a longstanding gridlock in negotiations to end the seven year civil war in Syria. In order to produce peaceful negotiations, Bashar al-Assad will continue to lead Syria under his legitimate command, and will not have any opportunity by Western powers to initiate a forced regime change, as was done in Libya and Afghanistan as a fabricated mission of humanitarian intervention and aid against human rights abuses. Thus, preventing the rise of radical Islamist regimes. As Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin once stated to American journalist Charlie Rose, “At no time in the past, now or in the future has or will Russia take any part in actions aimed at overthrowing a legitimate government”…when someone does, the outcome is very negative. Libya’s state is disintegrated and this fate will not occur in Syria.”
The UN Security Council has proposed sanctioning Syria for their chemical weapon attacks on civilians, but Russia alongside China have rejected these sanctions and will not enforce these limitations due to lack of evidence from the United Nations and the OPCW on the use and source of these chemical attacks. The Turkish and Iranian governments both view the situation in Syria alike to the Russian perspective. Turkish military offensives have been enforced in northwestern Syria against Kurdish fighters, terrorists looming in Syria. Iran will continue to hold its prevailing presence in Syria with the steady position of establishing a long-term strategic military infrastructure.
Early morning on April 14th, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched over seventy-two missiles on Syria, targeting Syrian research, storage, and military
targets in greater Damascus and west of Homs, civilian pact areas that the U.S. claimed were intended to only hit facilities, and cause no civilian casualties. The launching of airstrikes against the Syrian government were never approved. The United Nations Charter Resolution 2118, that the United States ratified, recognizes two justifications for using force on another country’s soil without its consent: the permission of the Security Council or a self-defense claim. The United Nations did not approve the strike, and the Defense Department justified it as a proponent to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again, which is clearly not self-defense.
These airstrikes have no significance to producing peaceful resolutions, and will not be tolerated by the Russian Federation and will call for a strong response. The west has lost any potential support from the Syrian people that now find themselves increasing their trust and belief in their army and political leaders. Russia will work with its ally Iran to bring peace to Syria and gain an economic, political and military presence in the Middle East. Russia will support its Syrian allies and projects to enable other partnerships to develop in the Middle East and spread Russian influence that can support other Islamic states.
Within the projection of two to three years, Russia expects to secure a peaceful resolution for Syria with the engagement from Asaad and support of Iran. The United States will no longer suspect a need to base military troops within Syria and Russia will command the security of Syria. Russian influence of economic, political and military support will begin to flourish and stronger ties with neighboring countries in the Middle East will develop. Within ten to fifteen years, Russia will be relied on for international security efforts in the Middle East and Moscow will be the center of brokering power. The United States will seek limited presence within any state in the Middle East and Russia will be the umbrella of security.